My Review Of

Dolores’ Choice by Patricia Asedegbega

My Review Of Dolores’ Choice by Patricia Asedegbega

Dolores’ Choice follows a young Dolores as she’s growing up and learning about the world and boys. She’s quite rebellious in nature and doesn’t really want to follow the path her parent thinks she should. But she also cares a lot about her parents and this does shine through in this story. I also found parts of this story very well written with emotional themes such as when Dolores’ friend talks about losing her child and her experience at an abortion clinic. Also, I thought this story talked a lot about how one choice can lead a life in a way you really don’t want and you really feel the tug between Dolores’ wanting to go home, having good parents vs those who truly are stuck in a world without much support.

The story itself follows Dolores as she goes off to meet a man who has captured her affections. She lies to her family that she’s off with friends, little did her parents know she would not be returning home. Will Dolores’ run off with this man? Or is he too good to be true? Will she ever make it home again? You must read this book to find out.

I did find this book was well written and dealt with some very sensitive themes very clearly. The author also does a great job at showing what Dolores’ goes through vs what her family are going through and all their thoughts and feeling very much envelopes you into the story.

If you like books with great characters, A journey with an end and some emotional themes throughout. You will enjoy this book.

Link.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dolores%C2%B4Choice-Patricia-Asedegbega-ebook/dp/B08T6R55TW/

My Review of

Alderslay by Val Portelli

My Review of

Alderslay by Val Portelli

Alderslay is a story full of everything, a mysterious rundown Mansion, bodies under the floorboards, and over welcoming neighbors. Woof the dog was my favorite character I could just imagine the cute dog watching over Gina after she rescued him. I also felt for Gina having a partner who was always away, never really there to help her with the new house. Steve also was an interesting character that throughout the book I wasn’t sure I trusted him or not, but he did have an effect on Gina.

The story itself follows Gina as she’s looking for a new adventure, a new home. After looking at other places she finds herself faced with an old Mansion that feels in the middle of nowhere, yet the town is not far away. Gina feels this is her new adventure. However, is the house all it seems? Will there be a dark history of bodies looming under the floorboards waiting to jump out? Will Woof keep Gina safe with his doggie senses? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

I liked the contrast between how Paul and Steve made Gina feel. Paul made her feel he was just doing what she wanted for a quiet life. Not really fully in the venture with her. However, with Steve, she could bounce off ideas, disagree, and still feel like they were on the same page. I think this comes through very well in this book.

I also like the descriptions of the house and land. I think the author does a great job at making you picture what living in the house was like, the ground, the house, the creepy noises, or the chilly feeling from the basement.

To me, this book goes between creepy and romantic and a bit cute when it comes to Woof. The end was very enjoyable and came full circle.  

If you like books that are full of mystery, fun and interesting characters, and a chill feeling sometimes. You’ll love this book.

Link  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alderslay-Val-Portelli-ebook/dp/B08X2XZNF8/

Alderslay’

Alderslay’

Available now in both paperback and eBook format.

https://mybook.to/Alderslay

Genre: Psychological mystery.

Blurb: An old house. A new start. Ancient secrets.

When Gina stumbles across the remote, dilapidated mansion she’s convinced it will make the perfect home for when she and her fiancé Paul settle down together. At first he supports the venture, but his frequent absences are a cause for concern, especially when the renovations reveal skeletons from the past. Is local man Steve a prospective business partner or looking for something more? Why are the normally reticent villagers prepared to accept her as one of their own? As more uncanny coincidences link Gina to the gruesome history of the house, she must decide where her future lies, and if she is prepared to pay the final price.

Background: This story was first inspired several years ago after reading a local newspaper article about an area I knew well from my archery days. On one of our tours we visited a vineyard in Kent, and obviously the book had to have a dog, who was named after one of my father’s childhood pets.

Originally entitled ‘Murder of Changes’ as a follow-up to my first book ‘Changes’ which was a romance, it has been exciting to try a different genre. Umpteen revisions, a brand new cover (version number eight million and six), and a new title following feedback by beta readers, it has finally been published. Like my short stories, it contains my usual quirky twist but no peeking at the ending until you’ve read the rest of the book!

I’m always grateful for feedback from readers, especially those who take the time to leave a review. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you.

Blog link  www.Voinks.wordpress.com  

My Review of House Of Grace by Patricia M Osborne

My Review of House Of Grace by Patricia M Osborne

House of Grace is an emotional coming of age story. I really like Katy and Grace in this book. Grace is much more of a simple soul, she’s learning who she wants to be and what her talents are. Whereas Katy is very much a wild child, feels like she knows where she wants life to go and how to get it. I felt they complimented each other as friends. I also liked how even though they both come from money and class that the two families couldn’t be more different in the way they looked after each other. Katy’s parents were much more loving, let her go off by herself, and dealing with whatever happened when it happened kinda people. Whereas Grace never really seem to know her parents and related more to nanny’s and staff who helped bring her up.

The story itself follows Grace and Katy as they leave school and fall into the world of boys and freedom. Grace find Jack and Katy Eddy and slowly they both become enthralled in love. But Grace is already destined to Marry a man of her father’s choosing and Jack is no more than a miner. Will Katy and Grace come up with a plan to keep Grace free to be with Jack? Or will Grace end the year married to someone her father chooses? You must read this book to find out.

I liked Jack’s character too, he seemed a kind at heart person and a hard worker wanting to make his father proud by going down the mines and living as his family always had. I thought some of the moments he spent with Grace were touching and you could tell he had a respectful way about him compared to Eddy.

I also felt that the author did a great job at showing how Grace had dreams that were more than being a house wife, but still she could do both if she wanted.

I did have tears in my eyes towards the end of this book, many parts of Grace’s life and Katy were very sad and you could very much feel Grace’s pain throughout. But also her strength in how she picked herself up and showed resilience.

I also really liked uncle Max, he was a very balanced man and stood by his wife in a very hard time. But still, he could see that where his wife blamed and ran, he needed to be home and not hold blame where there was none.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy coming of age stories with interesting characters and emotional family moments.

Amazon link https://www.amazon.co.uk/HOUSE-GRACE-Family-Patricia-Osborne-ebook/dp/B06XHKZHS4/

My Review of Don’t Go Back By Anna Shenton

My Review of

Don’t Go Back By Anna Shenton

Don’t Go Back is the perfect follow on from 76 Silver Street. While both books can be read alone, there is something delightful about getting to know these characters from the start of 76 Silver Street and seeing where their story goes in the new book. It’s amazing how a gripping story ends so fast. I sat down yesterday evening after getting all my housework done and by 2am had finished this book. I really loved seeing the characters again, Rosa, Ollie, Jack- they are all unique in their own ways.. I also found the end surprising and rather emotional.

The story itself follows Dan and Molly as they come up with a plan to bring Rosa back home and out of Jack’s arms. Molly is desperate to see Rosa and tell her how they are family and so she sets off to Rosa’s boarding house under the rouse that she’s writing a book on places to stay. But not before long she finds that all is not well.. Will Molly bring Rosa back to Dan? Or Rosa choose to stay with Jack? Will all be well at the boarding house once more? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

I found Dan such a slimy character, on the one hand he loves Rosa, but on the other he treated her so badly with sexually charged games among his friends and although throughout the book the author does a great job at making you want to sympathise with his loses and his love, for me I just didn’t like him as a person.

Jack on the other hand, I felt, he was matured from the last book and had become the man he should have been. He might have had no money and liked a little drink sometimes, but his heart shown through and I really felt for him more.

Also, one of my favourite characters was Stella, she’s very loyal to Jack and cares about Rosa in many ways. But she also doesn’t like dishonesty and therefore makes some rash choices.

I also thought the end was surprising and didn’t see it coming at all. Always thought the story was going a certain way, but nope it does surprise and end the opposite with an emotional and nail biting twist.

Overall, I recommend this book especially if you have read 76 Silver Street, but also if you like interesting and well round characters and the story that you’ll finish quickly because it’s so hard to put down.

Amazon Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Go-Back-Scandalous-Romance-ebook/dp/B08BG3ZVCC/

My Review of

Doctor Who Adventures in Lockdown.

My boyfriend brought me “Doctor Who Adventures in Lockdown” on the rare trip inside a bookstore at the end of last year. I really enjoyed this book especially some of the images and stories that related to the TV series that I could relate to. Also, this book has a great poem inside, and Rory’s story is really good too. I think this book is not just full of nice little stories but makes you feel hopeful that somewhere out there people of old and new generations have fought great monsters, accepted sadness, and felt alone, but eventually discovered they are never alone.

The stories themselves are about the adventures of Doctor Who goes on several journeys where he/she influence people’s lives. . One story called The Terror of the Umpty Ums follows the Karpagnon as he wakes up and plans his escape from the people around him. Is Karpagnon who he says he is? Will the doctor help him discover the truth? In another story, The Secret of Novice Hame will Novice Hame impart her final words to the doctor? Will the doctor hear them before it’s too late? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

I also liked Rory’s story. He was one of my favourite character in the series and it’s nice to see a bit of his story featured in this book.

I think over all this book brings a quiet comfort with most of the stories reminding us we are not alone and that there had been battles before us all and yes people need to hit a few deactivated Dalek, let out some pain, but  they hoped for a better beginning tomorrow.

I would recommend this book if you like Doctor who and like to read short chapters that can be put down and picked up again. Also, some of the money from this book goes to children in need too.

Amazon Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-Adventures-Chris-Chibnall/dp/1785947060/

My Christmas and New Year-round up

My Christmas and New Year-round up

Welcome to 2021 all, I believe everyone saw 2020 out with a hope that 2021 being comparatively a less painful year. I saw 2020 out with my boyfriend and my mum on video chat. We found moments to laugh and to reflect. Smokey and Holly found places to hide from  the loud fireworks.

Normally I would be asking what resolutions are you all making? But this year I don’t think I’m going to make any, instead try to improve on the things I’m doing already and try new things. Like write more, do more arty projects and read more. I also might try YouTube this year and do craft along with me videos or even read from some of my books. Also just be more thankful for the wonderful friends in my life and all the family I have and have gained since meeting my partner.

Looking back at 2020 there has been so many painful moments, my granddad dying, my family getting Covid just before they could celebrate Christmas (still hoping they all recover) and my wedding having to be moved date after picking the most beautiful dress. But there have also been really amazing moments like celebrating the boyfriend’s birthday and Diwali with him, seeing snow together, feeling proud that Holly and Smokey settled into their new home and are enjoying life. Our first Christmas in the same place and friends that everyday are so supportive.

Also, in 2021 I can’t wait to read more amazing books and invite more authors on my blog to share with us all the beautiful stories they have  created. I think 2021 is going to be a year we all will need to be more self creative, but not feel alone because we are truly not, and soon enough the crazy world will hopefully turn less crazy.

Also, nature seems to be out more these days. I enjoyed seeing squirrels, birds and foxes jumping around our garden. I love watching squirrels on a walk or the little foxes that come play in our garden around midnight, It reminds me that life has its beauty even in the bleaker times…

So, stay safe, try new and exciting things where you can and remember nothing has to be perfect as long as you are smiling and learning!!

Happy new year!

My  Review of

The Montefiore Bride By Patricia M Osborne

My  Review of

The Montefiore Bride By Patricia M Osborne

The Montefiore Bride is a beautifully written little story with lots of descriptions of the flowers and the park that the special couple travelled around. Also, the feeling of excitement of the onlookers waiting really bounced off the pages of this book. I really enjoyed  little poems bring out some of the emotions and imagination of the characters. I also thought it was lovely this book goes towards supporting a homeless charity.

The story itself takes you back in Victorian West Sussex in 1888, people wait outside the station for the special couple to emerge and take their place around the park. Who will see the couple, even be greeted by them?  What was it like being centre of attention of the onlookers? Read this little book to find out.

My favourite characters were Mr Burr and his wife as they remembered the first time they waited at the station and you could still feel their excitement this time round. I could imagine them very well in my mind.

I also thought the author did a great job at painting an image of just how beautiful West Sussex park was and how inspired the people felt.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you like a quick read with interesting characters that take you back to a whole different time.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Montefiore-Bride-Patricia-M-Osborne/dp/1913499715/

Short Stories to Lift Your Spirits By Linda Weaver Clarke

Short Stories to Lift Your Spirits

Tales of Willow Valley and Holidays in Willow Valley are full-length books filled with short stories that have been released for the holidays. Historical Romance is about the adventure of living in a different time period. The romance draws the reader into a world of wonder, but the mystery keeps you turning the pages.

What was romance like in the 19th century? Suko’s Notebook wrote, “Is it just me, or are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?” Set in the 1800s, each of the Willow Valley stories has humor, adventure, romance, and mystery.

After reading Tales of Willow Valley, Author Gail Pallotta wrote: “Ms. Clarke brings us five love stories based on the lives of real people and true events. The heroines are brave, spunky women who attract their suitors with their independence and ability to cope with the perils of the day as well as their beauty. Getting lost in the historical detail and excellent characterization, I felt I was with the characters in yesteryear times. The struggles of the heroines and the chivalry of the heroes who won their hearts touched mine and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I highly recommend these stories for those who enjoy history, people facing and overcoming difficulties and romantic scenes.”

These short stories were inspired by the experience of Clarke’s ancestors. Linda Weaver Clarke said, “What if I gave my great grandparent’s experience to a fictional character, how would it turn out? As I did this, each story blossomed before my eyes and I was delighted with the outcome.”

In Tales of Willow Valley, you will read five short stories.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: When Thomas finds out that the proprietor of Hannah’s Hot Chocolate Shop is struggling, he comes up with a brilliant idea. Will she agree to such an unconventional plan?

Leave or Perish: When Jonathan watches Serenity chase off thieves with a sword in her hand, he becomes intrigued with her. How will he win her heart?

A Broom in her Hand: When Laura reports that a thief snuck into her home, William finds out that she chased the intruder off with a broom, but he soon learns the man’s invasion is much bigger than he realizes.

Deception: When Peter accepted the job of writing letters to a young lady on behalf of his employer, he soon realizes he is falling in love with Pauline.

A Cry for Help: When Joshua is sent with a message for Mary, the note says that she must go on a dangerous quest and he is determined to accompany her.

When Sunnie Reviews read Tales of Willow Valley, she wrote: “The stories are refreshing tales of good people working through life as do we today. The title of one of the stories gives me hope for the struggles we are going through now:  The Light at the End of the Tunnel.  God is always watching out for us and there are good things yet to come. I found these happy stories just what I needed in these trying days.”

Happy Holidays! It’s time to enjoy some holiday stories. Holidays in Willow Valley is full of surprises. The inspiration for these stories was based on true experiences. You will read six short stories: The Valentine Bandit, St. Paddy’s Day, April Fools Pranks, The Daring Escape, All Hallows Eve, An Unforgettable Christmas. These stories have humor with a surprise ending. This book was just released by Audible Audiobooks.

What were the holidays like in the 1840s? How will Emmeline and Felicity celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do Sam and Josie believe in leprechauns and the pot of gold when St. Patrick’s Day comes around? Is it common to play jokes on one another on April Fools Day? Nicholas and Lucas find out first hand. Angelica’s eyes are opened when she is challenged on Independence Day. When the Scottish came to America, they brought their Halloween traditions with them. How about Christmas? Will Willow Valley accept these traditions? Find out as you share their experiences.

Sunny Reviews wrote: “This book contains six short stories of various characters and different holidays celebrated in the 1840 time period. These are enjoyable stories to read any time of year, not just in holiday times. The book carries Christian values, which I love. These are very entertaining stories and I hope you will take the time to read them!”

Book Trailer: https://vimeo.com/438375608

Bio: Linda Weaver Clarke was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Idaho and now lives in the red desert hills of southern Utah. She is the author of 30 books: Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery, Swashbuckling Romance, Historical Mystery Romance, a Children’s Book, and Nonfiction. Linda works at the Family Search Center where she helps people find their ancestors so they can learn about their heritage.

Links:

Holidays in Willow Valley: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089CQL6NB

Tales of Willow Valley: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LHJZXD4

Linda’s Author Blog: https://lindaweaverclarke.wordpress.com

Linda’s Website: www.lindaweaverclarke.com

Audible Audiobooks: https://www.audible.com/author/Linda-Weaver-Clarke/B004P47EWO 

This Is Lockdown by M J Mallon

This Is Lockdown by M J Mallon

Prior to COVID19, I had zero plans to compile an anthology. That all changed with the pandemic. Luckily, I’d gained some invaluable insights into anthologies by being a contributing author to Claire Plaisted’s Ghostly Rites and Dan Alatorre’s horror anthologies.

The routine of writing, compiling and editing This Is Lockdown helped me to cope with the anxieties brought on by the coronavirus. I was off work and on furlough, fearful and unsure what would happen next. But I didn’t feel so alone. My heart didn’t feel so heavy, and my mind so bleak. I had the support and friendship of my wonderful community of writers and creatives.

Compiling This Is Lockdown was a godsend.

This Is Lockdown begins with my personal family diaries and photographs, and candidly shares my hopes, fears, and frustrations.

There are contributions from a wide range of authors and creatives, discussions about isolation during this time, and some wonderful poetry, plus anecdotes and inspiring fund-raising stories. Many old writing friends and authors who I hadn’t ‘met’ before contributed to the anthology. This deepened my current connections and enabled me to discover new authors, many of whom I have since had the pleasure of reading.

I am an author who also loves to read and review!

Living through the strange reality of COVID19 affected my original plans to finish the final edits on the second book in my YA Fantasy series The Curse of Time, but this will be back on my writing agenda soon.

Blurb:

This anthology and compilation is for everyone wherever you live in the world. We are all experiencing the impact of COVID19 and lockdown. As writers, bloggers and creatives we express our thoughts and opinions in writing: in heartfelt poetry, pieces on isolation and the impact of COVID19 and the ‘new normal.’ There are twenty-eight talented contributors, including the creative NHS Mask Making Fundraising Team of Jane Horwood and Melissa Santiago Val. The contributors come from as far afield as Australia, Canada, USA and Zimbabwe, or closer to my current home in England – in Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

It is as Willow Willers, a contributor, said, ‘A piece of living history.’

We share this extraordinary, unexpected time period and perhaps future generations will read all about it one day.

This anthology and compilation of diaries, short stories, poetry and flash fiction tells the story of these extraordinary times. This Is Lockdown shares many perspectives, including a writer’s perspective highlighting the day-to-day life and struggles during such an uncertain and frightening time. It also gives a glimpse into the blogging, writing world. The book showcases several authors and their thoughts on what it is like to experience ‘isolation’ as a writer. I discuss the handling of the pandemic and my opinion about what might happen next. In the concluding part of the book I share my latest short story: a YA romance set post lockdown along with poetry, and flash fiction inspired by the pandemic.

Goodreads Quotes:

“When people look back on the events of 2020, books like this will assume a great importance. They will remind us of all the little things that we took for granted and were suddenly gone.”

“MJ Mallon begins this heartening book with a stunning foreword to mark the times that are sure to become part of a testament of our times in history on the 2020 global pandemic Covid19 that has rocked our collective world.”

“I was fortunate to have an opportunity to read an early copy of this book and was delighted to see the author putting this collection out into the world. A highly recommended read that I imagine readers of the future looking to”’

“It’s a privilege to be a small part of this book as one of the ‘isolation writers.’ It feels like contributing to a little piece of history for the future. Fascinating to read all the thoughts and musings and feel that none of us were ever really alone.”

 

ALSO By M J Mallon

YA Fantasy: The Curse of Time Book1 Bloodstone

A magical YA/paranormal fantasy with crystal magic-wielding and dark elements.

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl Esme who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting Amelina to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger. With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L/

 

Author Bio

My favourite genres to write are: YA fantasy, magical realism, horror and various forms of poetry. I blog about books, writing, photography and inspiration at: https://mjmallon.com.

Contributors:

Richard Dee, (Sci Fi , Steampunk, Amateur Detective author,) Catherine Fearns, (Amazon Bestselling Author of Police Procedural/Mysteries and Music Journalist,) Lynn Fraser, (Author,) Jackie Carreira, (Writer, musician, designer and aspiring philosopher,) Willow Willers, (Poet and writer,) Sharon Marchisello, (Murder Mystery, Financial non-fiction,) Fi Phillips , (Author, Copy Writer) Jeannie Wycherley, (dark stories, suspense, horror,) Chantelle Atkins, (urban fiction, teen/YA,) Tracie Barton-Barrett, (Speaker/author,) Peter Taylor- Gooby, (Crime, Love Stories, Political Fiction,) Ritu Bhathal, (Chick Lit romance, poet,) Alice May , (Author, Artist and Speaker,) Miriam Owen, (Blogger and Doctoral Researcher,) Drew Neary and Ceri Williams (Ghost Horror, Supernatural,) Katherine Mezzacappa, (author name: Katie Hutton,) (Historical Fiction/Romance,) Sally Cronin, (huge supporter of indie community/blogger/author) Debby Gies (D G Kaye), (Memoirist/NonFiction,) Adele Marie Park, (Fantasy, horror, urban fantasy,) Marian Wood, (blogger, poet and writer.) Samantha Murdoch, (Writer, Blogger,) Beaton Mabaso (Blogger, African Storyteller,) Frank Prem  (Poet, Author,) Anne Goodwin (Author, Book Blogger) Sherri Matthews (Writer, Photographer, Blogger,) and Jane Horwood and Melissa Santiago-Val – Community Masks 4 NHS

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